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How can I get Rid of Crickets?

By Rebecca Partington
Updated Jun 04, 2024
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Getting rid of crickets in a home or office can be done with traps, with chemicals, or by introducing predators. The best method will usually depend on your situation and how bad the infestation is. Once the crickets have been eliminated, don’t forget to look into prevention measures — if they got in once, they are likely to get in again. In order to really get rid of crickets once and for all, you will have to stop their entry at its source.

Food Bait

Setting food traps is often one of the easiest ways to get rid of crickets, and in most cases, this can be done with ordinary household items. Mixing a small amount of molasses and water in a deep jar is usually very effective. The crickets will be attracted to the sweet smell but will fall in and suffocate.

A so-called “pitfall trap” works in a similar way, but can be a bit harder to set up. You will need a two-tiered container, or a cup that can balance on top of a small bowl. Place a sweet food, like a sugary cereal or bit of sweetened milk, into the bottom container; in the top, pour grain alcohol. The crickets will smell the food, and will fly into the alcohol in order to get it. This will usually kill them. It is important that alcohol be used here, as crickets can usually escape from plain water. Water will not kill them if they inhale it, either, but alcohol — like molasses — usually will.

Sticky Traps

A number of commercial manufacturers sell professional-grade sticky traps that can be used with success. Most of these are made with pheromones, hormones that are attractive to crickets but virtually undetectable to humans. When the crickets sense these hormones in the air, they will fly towards them — and usually end up stuck on the adhesive paper that is attached. These sorts of traps tend to get a lot of criticism from animal rights activists because they do not actually kill the crickets; rather, they immobilize them, leading them to die a slow and often prolonged death, typically by starvation.

Chemical Sprays

Some people have good luck spraying invasive crickets with professional-grade bug sprays, most of which are made with a range of different chemicals. These are usually very effective at killing bugs on contact, but tend to work best for only small invasions. It can be hard to get rid of crickets this way if there are whole swarms descending at once, as it is very labor-intensive. It can also be inexact, as the remaining crickets will simply navigate around the dead. Spraying a lot of chemicals can also be harmful for humans to inhale, and it is rarely recommended for families with small children or pets.

Natural Predators

Cats, lizards, and birds are all natural cricket predators, and can be an easy and safe way to get rid of the insects in a pinch. House cats and domesticated birds are usually the best options, as they can easily be kept under control; lizards are most effective when someone is able to constantly keep an eye on their whereabouts. Lizards left unattended have a tendency to wander off or get lost.

Preventing Entry

One of the best ways to get rid of crickets is to prevent their entry in the first place. Homeowners should take care to look around their homes for cracks in either the sealant or the foundation. Even small openings around doors and windows can let crickets in, so these should be patched or plugged right away.

Making sure that no trash is piled up against the outside of the building can also help prevent crickets from getting in. It is a good idea to trim tall grasses and weeds that are growing nearby, and to promptly move garden debris to the perimeter of your property.

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Discussion Comments
By anon345742 — On Aug 22, 2013

Use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Works great for roaches and centipedes too.

By anon160184 — On Mar 15, 2011

We have an invasion of crickets in our office, so I would be happy to sell you some for your garden. We may even give you them as long as you are prepared to take the lot!

By anon104725 — On Aug 17, 2010

To anon47735: If cricket sound bothers you, boy just watch out how vociferous frogs could get. Male frogs croak their lungs out during mating season. Frogs love rain water puddles and they get into the water and croak all night to attract female frogs.

Their croaking sounds are terrible and drive a person crazy. They could be 20 or 30 feet away from your building on the outside but still their croaking can be very disturbing to those wishing silence.

Think about it first before getting frogs to get rid of crickets. You may be inviting greater trouble!

By anon58833 — On Jan 04, 2010

we just recently noticed we were getting crickets! i just purchased a garbage can with a lid. hopefully that helps. it's just very hard because i'm in university doing fashion marketing so there's lots of paper and lots of fabric!

By anon47735 — On Oct 07, 2009

my roommate and i live in the basement of our house and the crickets keep us up at night. its very frustrating. i think we are going to set a bunch of frogs lose in our room. thoughts and/or concerns? yours, jiminy cricket must die

By anon21280 — On Nov 13, 2008

I love to hear crickets in the evening. Would it be a mistake to purchase some and let them go in my garden?

By bookworm — On Sep 16, 2008

You can also place a glass over the cricket and slip a paper underneath and take the cricket outdoors. Of course that would work if you have one or two crickets in the house, not an infestation.

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